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Singing at Leif Tearooms in Leamington Spa



Today I did a set of soothing 40’s to 60’s songs at Leif Tearooms! I couldn’t wait to meet up with my friends and try the afternoon tea. Usually there is a piano player, but this time they got me on the mic! I was upset to hear that one of my friends was poorly, so couldn’t come along, but we managed to have a good time and wished her a speedy recovery.

Time for another shameless plug… I was yet again wearing one of Time Machine’s amazing vintage reproduction outfits! The barkloth fabric is amazing and contrasts beautifully with the polkadot cotton of the skirt. You may have seen me wearing the trousers of this set at Battles for Victory last year! I also have some shorts too! I teamed this outfit with some vintage Bakelite and jade bangles that picked out the yellow and green beautifully.


So back to Leif! The afternoon tea is priced at £12.95 and is delicious and filling. You get to choose 2 Sandwich fillings and these come on a tiered slate cake stand with slabs of cake, really gorgeous scones (fresh not frozen!), strawberries (guessing these are seasonal) and the obvious clotted cream and jam. Your tea is served in a loose leaf pot, so nice and fresh.


I do prefer the little patisserie fruit tarts you usually get with afternoon teas as scones AND sponge cake can be a bit too heavy. I only managed the sandwiches, strawberries and scone, but it was a delight.

Hopefully I will be asked back to sing again some time! Enjoy your weekend! X

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Daily Mail Article


Click here to read the article.

Ah yes, another corker of an article released today about our lifestyle; full of misquotes and fabrications to make us look weird. Always take this type of thing with a pinch of salt and a smirk! 

Apparently we eat like they did in the Blitz (you know…powdered egg, rationed bacon, spam, pizza, tiramisu, korma…)

Betsy’s Bing and Peppa Pig toys are from an ‘erstwhile age.’

Kitten von Rew????
Oh and of course Betsy loves the wartime classics (?!), like this fairies book from 1950 for instance (blatantly on the front cover)…

The grammar is impeccable…if you aren’t fussed about punctuation and sentences making sense…

This wonderful image below was used in the article and not credited. It was taken by the talented Candee Photography!

As you can see from part of this email, I previously contacted the company about misquotes and other info. Some of it was taken onboard… I mean, they corrected my name.

Finally, thank you to Koray Erol the photographer. He did a great job on the day!

War and Peace Revival 2014


I will be doing a picture post in a while, but thought I would quickly post my performance videos for you whilst you are waiting!

Art Couture Painswick Festival 2014


I had never been to this event before, but lept at the chance to perform there after seeing the main website and video! I was certainly not disappointed. All around the church, nearby streets and in the fabulously Gothic churchyard, there was a feast for the eyes. From bands to costumes, craft stalls to body art, I was in heaven!!!

 

Kitten at Art Couture Painswick

Kitten at Art Couture Painswick

 

I performed on Friday Street first after listening to a wonderful duo called Bear and Kitten. Such pure, sweet voices with a piano and guitar. I could curled up in a ball and fallen asleep to their innocent tones. From this little stage I had a wonderful view of passers by and people stopping an the stalls. I found that I had to stop myself from laughing from time to time as there were so many dogs silently greeting each other, whilst the crowds wandered too and fro. I imagined the dogs tipping their hats to each other as they sauntered on…I know, it was rather hot…

Tape Dress

A dress and hat made from knitted and loose VHS tape!

 

Next I got changed into my half and half costume! I was debuting the outfit at the show and it was a raging success! People kept telling me I needed to get on the stage for the competition, but I had to tell them I was a singer, not part of the catwalk! Just the confidence boost I needed! I hung around in the performers area to get some snaps of some of the amazing body art before we had to go. It really was spellbinding as you can see!

ACP Festival Body Painting

The amazing body painting at the ACP Festival! Oh, and me in my new costume!

 

I will certainly be going back next year!

Welsh Dragon Body Art

Welsh Dragon Body Art

Lilly Lewis Hats


I did a wonderful photo shoot with the VERY talented Candee Photography, modelling a few of Lilly Lewis’ fine creations. From showgirl chic to Ascot ready, we had a superb time in the studio! I don’t get to do my dramatic 1930’s makeup that often, so reveled in the chance to test out my basic skills for the film noir era.

Here are some of the images I have managed to work on so far. All effects and backgrounds (yes, even Metropolis!) have been created from scratch by myself and balance Candee’s wonderful camera skills.

 

Enjoy!

 

metropolis poster kitten von mew

My version of ‘Mewtropolis’!

 

art deco cleopatra poster kitten von mew

Art Deco inspired movie poster of Cleopatra. The hieroglyphics actually spell out ‘Lilly Lewis Hats’!!!

 

art deco pose kitten von mew

Modelling what we have nicknamed ‘The Mermaid Hat’ with strings of pearls attached

There is more to come, so stay tuned!!! All image copyright is Candee Photography and Kitten von Mew. Please DO NOT use these images without prior persmission from ourselves, thank you!

Hook Rug Making


Although rag rugs had been around many years before (one was even found to contain pieces of uniform from the Battle of Waterloo!), there was a brief revival of rug making in WW2. It served as a useful pastime for men, women and children in war-torn Britain. There are many techniques for this wonderful hobby, but whether you poke it through or hook it up, the idea is to use up scraps of fabric, moth-eaten blankets and sheets to create floor coverings, seat pads and the like. Potato sacks (hessian can be bought from haberdashery and craft shops) were used as a base in which to pull or poke fabric strips through. Blunt pointed instruments like large knitting needles, drill bits or nails with wooden handles could be used for poking pieces of fabric through the burlap’s loose weave, creating colourful rugs to cheer up your wartime home.

Rag rug chair pad

Sun themed rag rug chair pad by Kitten von Mew


As fabric and clothing were rationed, ‘Make Do and Mend’ was high on the agenda of every household and not a scrap of either was ever waisted. If it was no longer fit for purpose, a new purpose was found to fit! Whether making slippers from hats or rugs from old coats, it was not only a necessity for the home, but also a necessity to keep one’s sanity! Crafts were the perfect way to keep hands busy, the mind focused and away from the horrors, even just for a little while.Rag rug making


After the war it became unfashionable to make these rugs as they were associated with poverty and hard times, but luckily this wonderful craft was revived and is still going strong. Why not make a small rag surface protector for putting serving dishes on and test your own creative skills?

 

Hook rug chair pad

Side view showing the different types of fabrics used and the textures they create.



I went to a quilting fair late last year (I know, how can my life get any more exciting?) and met a lady who did rag rugging and hooking. I bought a rug hook from her and decided to give it a go…but didn’t quite get round to it. Low and behold at Christmas, what should Mama and Papa surprise me with, but a parcel of hessian fabric (I bet the excitement is killing you right now). Did I throw it down in disgust and ask where my pony was? Did I cry and demand an iPad? No, I flipping well went home and started cutting up fabric.

I decided to start small and drew out a simple sunrise design on the hessian and cut up long pieces of scrap fabric in blues, reds and oranges. I can tell you now that smooth cottons and polycottons are perfect. Loose weave tapestry types will make you want to bite someone’s face (Mr Mew got off lightly, you can’t see the scars). I thought it best to do a hooked rug as I wanted the detail to be quite apparent and also liked the thought of working with longer pieces of material as opposed to short strips used in ragging. You can work on your lap or stretch it over a wooden frame (recommended) and if asthmatic like me, wear a dust mask…taking it off to pose for photos obviously…

It took me about 5 weeks to do my rocking chair seat cover and I have finished it off by putting a layer of PVA glue on the back to prevent pulling and then a cotton backing. It looks wonderful on the rocking chair!

I am now on a much larger project…a rug made out of a kid’s sack race sack. I will certainly post pictures once finished!

Bare-Faced Cheek


I am getting increasingly frustrated with people who want to ‘raise awareness’ for causes such as Cancer Research, but don’t seem to be donating. This latest craze is the ‘No Make-Up Selfie’ on Facebook. Fine, if they have donated then great, but it all seems to be about being ‘brave’ and taking a photo of yourself, minus war paint, and posting it on Facebook. That is where some people stop and think they have done their bit for the grand cause. So not touching your lipstick for a whole day is curing cancer is it? You’ve challenged your confidence by putting your naked face on your profile and that has helped the fight? It is great in a way that this weird phase has caused a mix reaction as it HAS raised some awareness, but please, frigging donate. Just because you wear last year’s Remembrance Day poppy on your lapel, doesn’t mean you are helping the Poppy Appeal does it? Buy another one and help to raise funds. We are all aware of charities and illnesses, but the best step forward is giving to them. Whether it is the loose change at the bottom of your bag, to a large sum, just do your bit. Ok?

CANCER RESEARCH UK

BRITISH LEGION

BLESMA

HELP FOR HEROES